Family History

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Pan Macmillan, Dec 16, 2011 - Fiction - 268 pages
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'One never gets enough love.'

A novel by the acclaimed author, poet and gardener which recounts the ill-fated relationship of Evelyn Jarrold, a 39-year-old fashionable upper middle class widow and 25-year-old Miles Vane-Merrick, a socially aware aristocrat. While they are passionately in love they both have powerful and contrasting domineering personalities. They make each other happy and unhappy, she beadily aware of the unconventional age gap and lacking confidence in Miles's world. Miles has many interests including his love for Evelyn, his estate, his politics, his interesting friends. He is set to become a successful, popular politician. A wonderful evocation of the complexity of 1930s high-society mores and values, Family History is a universal love story.

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User Review  - rainpebble - LibraryThing

This is the story of Evelyn and Miles. She a 40 year old widow with a 17 year old son and he a 24 year old land holder, writer & political young man. From the beginning of the novel the reader ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kasthu - LibraryThing

Family History is the story of a middle-aged woman’s relationship with a much younger man. Evelyn Jarrold is the mother of a teenage son, and although widowed, is still very much connected to her ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

The Hon. Lady Nicolson, Vita Sackville-West, was an English poet, novelist and gardener. She was famous for her exuberant aristocratic life, her strong marriage to Harold Nicolson, her passionate relationships with women and her gardens at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent.

Sackville-West's long narrative poem, The Land, won the Hawthornden Prize in 1927, and her Collected Poems won the prize again in 1933. Her best-known novels are The Edwardians (1930) and All Passion Spent (1931). Both titles were reissued alongside her earlier novel, Challenge (1923), by Virago in Spring 2011.

In 1946 Sackville-West was made a Companion of Honour for her services to literature. The following year she began a weekly column in the Observer called In your Garden. In 1948 she became a founder member of the National Trust's garden committee.

Sissinghurst Castle is now owned by the National Trust and the garden Vita Sackville-West created there is open to the public. It is one of the most visited gardens in England.

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